When elected in 1960, JFK epitomised the hope of the new decade and a feeling that America was emerging from post war austerity and into a new colourful world which it would shape. With rock'n'roll, Coca Cola and Hollywood, the USA would conquer the world and at its helm was a leader who sold out magazines and excited a nation. JFK kick started and influenced the decade of hope.
From space travel to civil rights, the Cold War to Vietnam, JFK's policies shaped the decade of the 1960s, whilst his mix of showbiz friends, glamorous wife and his brilliance in front of the TV cameras made him a paparazzi target and brought in a new era of politics. Yet away from the cameras, JFK hid many secrets; few knew of his litany of health problems (he was given the last rites several times), or his extramarital affairs.
With contributions from JFK's inner circle; including speechwriter and confidante Ted Sorensen, close friend and newspaper Editor Ben Bradlee, and writer Gore Vidal, this documentary hears first hand about JFK's life and looks at his continued appeal.
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